Manny Acta is the "current" Nationals manager

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After several days of unchecked speculation, someone from the Nationals has finally said something about Manny Acta:

Rizzo spoke publicly about the reports for the first time before
Tuesday’s game with the Yankees, and while he offered nothing
resembling a definitive statement on Acta’s status, he said the front
office hasn’t discussed the issue with him.

“It’s certainly uncomfortable with the speculation,” Rizzo said.
“Names are being bandied about of replacements, and we haven’t even
discussed it with the current manager. He’s still our manager. We
support him. And all the reports that happened over the weekend, I
don’t know where those reports come from. And there’s not much to
comment on reports that there’s no basis to.”

Which is strange, because the current manager says that it was discussed
with the current manager: “I spoke to them the same day it came out.
It’s a rumor,” Acta said. One wonders why it took so long for Rizzo to
give Acta this vote of confidence.

Not that it’s really a vote of confidence. Indeed, perhaps the most
notable thing about all of this is that Rizzo calls Acta “the current
manager” in the first place. Strange choice of title for a guy you’re
supposedly not firing. Would you feel comfortable if your boss called
you the “current” accounts receivable clerk or the “current” assistant
to the comptroller? I sure wouldn’t.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.